Thursday, 2 April 2009

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 8 - Volume 2

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 8 - Volume 2
Well Buffy, before I start a word about the show. It had great dialogue and some really memorable characters; but until the later series’ I don’t think it got into its own. It was good but I preferred Josh Wheedon’s other work the darker Angel or the western in space fun of Firefly. But still Buffy was the breeding ground of good unexpected characters (Spike is a great example). The comic books by Dark Horse are pitched as the 8th season of the finished show, the first book penned by Josh Whedon. This second book of the “season” is written by Brian K. Vaughan, best known for Y the Last Man.

The story mostly concerns the other slayer Faith (a far more interesting character). Faith is the bad girl of the Buffyverse, originally a pawn of a major villain and then just off the rails. Faith is given a way out of the whole slayer thing by Giles, now pretty much in charge of the Watchers. She has to kill a slayer who’s made the same mistakes she’s made and is skating on the edge of pure evil. All the while there is recurrent and sinister group or individual manipulating events; represented by the symbol of a red setting sun and star in the sky.

Vaughan has got the tone of the show just right and kept intact the sense of humour and characters that had built up over the seasons. The plot is better than your usual Buffy season. The art is just slightly off, constrained by the fact that the artist has to base his models on actors. I did not read this in single issues but after reading this I’ll be picking up the rest and probably following Season 8.

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